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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The slices are on the house at Ian’s Pizza in Madison.

Owner Ian Gurfield says he’s received about 40 calls from people who want to buy pizza for the protesters demonstrating a block away at the Wisconsin Capitol.

So, he says the next 600 slices are free.

Gurfield says he’s been getting calls for days from people who paid to have pizza delivered to the pro-labor forces demonstrating against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights. He says he had been delivering the pizza but Saturday it seemed easier to just hand out slices to the protesters packing his store.

Gurfield says he’s received calls from as far away as California and Connecticut and by mid-afternoon Saturday they’d paid for $2,500 in pizza.

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